Progress Education 2018

Algona reports success

ALGONA — The Algona Community School District has much to celebrate after every single one of its high school freshman passed all their classes in the first quarter of the year. While that may not seem surprising, High School Principal Jared Cecil said he’s been with the district for ...

Humboldt schools high-achieving

HUMBOLDT — Educators in the Humboldt Community School District are focused on preparing students for technology-based careers. Students are offered a glimpse of those careers through a program called STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). “The STEM activities we are ...

Iowa Central Community College: An eye towards the future

A $25.5 million general obligation bond issue proposed by Iowa Central Community College is about much more than dollars and cents, according to Dan Kinney, the school’s president. The bond issue, he said, is really about keeping young families in the area. ‘‘To invest in our ...

Iowa Central bond issue would pay for multiple projects

The $25.5 million general obligation bond issue proposed by Iowa Central Community College would pay for a variety of building improvement projects. Here’s a summary of them. Student Success Center – $6 million This new building on the Fort Dodge campus would consolidate veterans ...

Laurens-Marathon: Whole-grade sharing, The agreement is working

In its first year of a whole-grade sharing agreement, the superintendent of the Laurens-Marathon Community School District said the students have reacted positively to the change. Starting in the fall of 2017, high school students at Laurens-Marathon began attending all their classes at the ...

Fort Dodge Community School District: Providing opportunity

Between the spacious facilities and numerous programs offered throughout the Fort Dodge Community School District, there’s no shortage of opportunities for students. Listed below is a summary of the major projects, programs, latest performances, and changes throughout the district ...

Manson Northwest Webster: ‘We think long-term’

MANSON — Some of the students at Manson Northwest Webster Elementary School recently got to learn about vibration and sound in a most interesting way: with two plastic cups connected by a string. The students were able to hear each other from across the room. The exercise is part of ...

Southeast Valley: Working together

GOWRIE — The Prairie Valley and Southeast Webster Grand schools are expanding their fleet of propane-powered buses next year. They’re remodeling a former dealership into a new bus barn, and planning security improvements to the high school in Gowrie. But perhaps the biggest project is ...

St. Edmond Catholic School: Proud of its students

St. Edmond Catholic School students have much to celebrate after they scored higher than the state average on ACT testing. According to St. Edmond President Mary Gibb, students have had the highest composite ACT score over the past five years, since she’s been with the school. “We ...

St. Paul Lutheran School: Assuming leadership

Robyn Kratz has a full day when she arrives to St. Paul Lutheran school. Kratz still has her full-time teaching job, with the seventh and eighth grade students. But she’s also in a leadership role this year, as lead teacher, while the school is without a principal. “I do teach full ...

Community Christian School: Personal responsibilty, a school fundamental

Personal responsibility of students is fundamental at Community Christian School. Earlier in the school year, Marsha Halbach’s fifth- and sixth-grade class started its own recycling program. The students placed recycling boxes in all of the classrooms at the school, including the ...

South Central Calhoun: Academic success, looking to improve facilities

LAKE CITY — South Central Calhoun School District Superintendent Jeff Kruse is hoping that the voters in the district will approve a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy when they go to the polls on April 3. “We’re asking $1.34 per thousand of assessment,” he said. “If it’s approved ...

Pocahontas Area: New classrooms, greenhouse improvements

By the end of the month, middle schoolers in the Pocahontas Area Community School District hope to start taking classes in the new addition to the high school/middle school building. The project, which is expected to be completed in late February or early March, will add five new ...

Clarion-Goldfield-Dows: ON THE RISE

CLARION — Clarion-Goldfield-Dows schools continue to perform well at a time when the district could see an increase in enrollment in the coming years. That’s according to educational measures compiled by the Iowa Department of Education through its annual school report card. “We ...